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Canadiens smother Rangers at MSG, take 2-1 series lead

Alexander Radulov recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Rangers in Game 3 for a 2-1 series lead.

Here’s an uncomfortable refrain for New York Rangers fans: Henrik Lundqvist can only do so much.

After he shut out the Canadiens in Montreal for a 3-1 win in Game 1, the Habs have been asserting their dominance in the last two contests, taking a 2-1 series lead.

Sunday likely stands as the most emphatic showing of Montreal’s power of this first-round series. Carey Price didn’t need to deal with much, making 20 saves. He was unable to shut out the Rangers in Game 3, with a spoiler goal coming with about three minutes remaining in the third, but most of his night was pretty light.

Artturi Lehkonen’s power-play goal began the scoring, while Alex Radulov’s heroics really put things away. He provided a fantastic effort in making the initial play before Alex Galchenyuk set up a Shea Weber power-play marker, which would become the game-winner:

Those who gaped in awe at that display enjoyed a comparable showing of will and skill, as Radulov drew (reasonable) Peter Forsberg comparisons as he bulled his way to this 3-0 goal:


The Rangers need to get things together at Madison Square Garden if they hope to stick with the Habs. They’ve now lost six straight postseason games at home.